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Veteran's Day 2019: Time For Meaningful Thanks-and Action- For Our Veterans

Posted by Joe Antle on November 11, 2019 12:15 PM EST
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We are blessed to live in the United States, the home of the brave and the land of the free.  And our military veterans ......

....and their loyalty to those they protect through their military service is a couple of the key reasons we are able to enjoy the blessings our country provides its citizens, day in and day out.

One of many areas where we need to strengthen our resolve in support of our military veterans is in the area of post-service benefits, especially as it relates to the ongoing issues of mental health and substance use disorders which today plagues many veterans who have served the cause abroad.  When there are so many issues that affect the socio-economic health of our citizens, it is easy to forget those who have faced the ultimate sacrifice, and have survived-only to suffer the mental anguish of that service for many years to come after they have honorably served the country, completed their missions and are left to deal with the aftermath.

Kudos to local and regional nonprofits like The Up Center in Hampton Roads, Virginia who have recently been awarded funding to build a first-class service and support program for military veterans.  This funding is provided in the southeast Virginia market as it has in over a dozen other military markets through the good graces of the Cohen Veterans Network.  And to its credit, The Up Center's board of directors has also taken on the new mission of supporting veterans whose mental health issues include substance use disorder.  This partnership of nonprofits in key active duty military markets and retired military markets promises to make a huge impact in a very positive way over the next ten years.

While it is important and surely appreciated by veterans of all of the armed services and from all generations of service to be celebrated and recognized on such a meaningful day as today's federal holiday, Veteran's Day, it is also so important to put our appreciation and thankfulness into action.  So, today we should not only be thankful in recognizing the military service and the sacrifices of our many armed services veterans, it is even more important to put those feelings into action through partnerships such as The Up Center and the Cohen Veterans Network and other nonprofits working diligently every day to provide support and a better life for our veterans after their years of active duty have passed.  Through these sorts of public/private partnerships, our brave veterans will have even better opportunities to live healthier lives, both emotionally, mentally and physically.

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